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An Episode

An Episode by Kirsty Louise Farley

The ocean calls me
    at the mention of you
she wants me to submerge myself
    sink beneath her tide
Images of violence
    thrashing,
silently gagging and retching
as I wish
    for you to save me
take me somewhere
    where peace knows no pain
Instead, I drown
    on my words
and choke on tears
you hold me while I fall
    through fits of paranoia
and venom
    we stop it from infecting us
wash it away
    enchanted amongst auburn kisses
as we lose ourselves beneath blankets
    playful and light
evolving into a fire
    burning with love, promise and passion

You wake me up
    when I’m breathing again
sodden and dripping
    you let me know
that the fog has lifted.